Observation: Hatcher Pass

Location: Hatch Peak

Route & General Observations

Traveled to Hatch Peak. Skied a NW & North facing aspect. Snow was very hard to ski. Heavy snow with a breakable crust in most areas. Gave way to “nicer” non-crusty very heavy snow near top of Hatch Peak.

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?Yes
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Observer Comments

Large avalanches all around. Lots of recent slides on most aspects, per the recent >30cm heavy wet snow. Wet loose avalanches, as well as slabs. One party member experienced a distinct whoompf when stopping on top of a rollover @ bottom of $1000 run.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
Please provide details to help us determine the weather and snowpack during the time this observation took place.

Clear. Calm. Hazy sun through whispy clouds. 9c in Palmer, 3c @ Archangel Parking Lot, about -3c on Hatcher Peak.

Snow surface

A 1-2" soft crust on top of heavy heavy snow. Image skiing an upside down, under-cooked deep dish pizza.